The USA Eagles easily beat Russia 40-26 at Parc Eirias in Colwyn Bay, Wales, on Friday.
The Americans scored six tries to three with halfback Robbie Shaw grabbing a brace in the second half.
The USA led 21-9 at the halftime break and stretched the lead to 33-9 in the second-half before allowing the Russians to add respectability to the score line.
Blindside flanker Andrey Temnov scored two tries in the final 20 minutes for Russia with winger Vladimir Ostroushko adding the other.
Both teams return to Colwyn Bay next Saturday with the USA playing Tonga and Russia facing Canada.
USA 40 (Chris Wyles, Robbie Shaw (2), Toby L'Estrange, Eric Fry, Brian Doyle tries; Wyles 5 con) def Russia 26 (Vladimir Ostroushko, Andrey Temnov (2) tries; Igor Klyuchnikov con, 3 pens)
Referee: Leighton Hodges (Wales)
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